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Aretha Franklin Was Already Famous, But Her Hat-Maker Wasn’t

After the first Obama inauguration, everybody talked about three things: the historic moment, the Arctic weather — and Aretha Franklin’s […]

Will The Grass Be Greener In Obama’s Second Term?

One of the chief expectations of those who voted for President Obama is that he moves assertively to pass climate […]

George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In ‘Tenth Of December’

George Saunders has been writing short stories for decades. Saunders, a professor at Syracuse University, was once a geological engineer […]

Former Anti-GMO Activist Says Science Changed His Mind

For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas destroyed genetically modified food (GMO) crops in what he calls a successful campaign […]

Inaugural Trivia Quiz

See what you know about the wonkier points of the quadrennial festivities. Scroll to the page bottom for answers and […]

Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural ‘Birthright’

“Contact with nature is not some magical elixir but the natural world is the substrate on which we must build […]

An Inaugural Memory: President Lincoln’s Food Fight

A recently-published menu for Abraham Lincoln’s lavish second inaugural ball in 1865 provides an interesting look at how different the […]

Death Toll May Rise After More Bodies Found At Algerian Plant

More bodies have been reported found at the gas plant in Algeria where a four-day standoff with Islamist militants came […]

Mideast Report: October — December 2012

Former foreign editor John Felton conducts quarterly, independent, reviews of NPR’s Israeli-Palestinian coverage. His 2012 fourth quarter report is now […]

Obama Takes Oath Of Office In White House Ceremony

President Obama’s second term officially begins Sunday: He took the oath of office in an intimate ceremony at the White […]

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